New York State recently gave up control of Governors Island, a 172-acre site just off the Manhattan and Brooklyn shores. Under Bloomberg’s control people are more optimistic than ever that the former military base will be converted into incredible park land, commercial developments and a possible satellite campus for New York University.
Should more State-controlled enterprises like the MTA, the City University of New York, and Battery Park City be under the control of Bloomberg and New York City? The answer is that in selective cases and under the right conditions the City is better suited to runs these entities than the State. New York Magazine’s recent article titled Mike’s Empire does a good job presenting the question.